You might have heard about The Singularity. It’s the point at which we transcend our biology and merge with machines. Apparently, we’ll soon be able to achieve such a wonderful feat because machines are becoming more intelligent than humans.
I don’t find the idea very appealing, I have to admit. It seems to me that the whole idea is based on a mis-reading of our evolutionary process.
Back at the dawning of the Industrial Revolution people left their bucolic rural communities in droves and moved to urban areas to work in factories. It was the first step towards becoming a cog in the machine. In 200 years we have been trained to respond to machine like prompts, to go against all our bodily instincts to comply with the needs of the workplace, to buy the latest product.
A little while back I answered my phone and heard a recorded voice that said “Kim Gould please call 1800 xxx xxx xx and quote this reference number &#$%$##.” And then hung up. I have no idea who that call was from. It could have been my telephone company, a telemarketer, who knows? A few days after this experience I had to call the accounts department of a medical company to query a bill. I rang the number and when it was answered this is what I heard “Hello, reference number please.” I replied, “Oh, hello, my name is Kim, what’s your name?”, which completely discombobulated the operator. He stuttered and hummed and hawwed a bit before giving in and telling me his name. He sounded shy and almost relieved, as if I’d called him out of hiding.
These calls got me thinking about how we are being ‘robotisized’. I mean, why would a company think I would respond to either of those situations? It’s because we are gradually being trained to follow robotic like prompts. If you’re not convinced, have a look at the Visa Card ad. I want one of these cards, because being a robot is soooo glamorous! Notice the really geeky human – who wants to be him? Not me! How embarrassing would it be to not belong?
The idea of us becoming Transhuman and merging with machines is based on us heading deeper into that robotic world. In fact, we’re moving beyond the robotic. Rather than becoming more alike (robotic), the evolutionary push is to become more unique. And to do that we need to connect with the two personal awareness Centres in our design – the Solar Plexus Centre and the Spleen Centre. These two Centres are home to our personal preferences. And personal preferences are key to our evolutionary capacity just now.
The key here is healing deep ancestral wounds about standing out from the crowd, feeling isolated and different, being at risk of exclusion. Every time we move through the pain of reconnecting with another aspect of our own awareness, we heal a fear of abandonment and separation. After all, it was that fear that made us disconnect from our personal awareness in the first place!
Imagine who you would be if you had no preferences. I mean really, how would you know anything about yourself? How would you make a decision? Our capacity for choice is not so very important in our current world. We can only choose between a certain range of things. Vogue or Harpers Bazaar? Android or iPhone? Ben and Jerry’s or Häagen-Daz? You’ve only got to watch the tv news to know that complex emotional responses and deep thinking just don’t have a carry a lot of value.
We Are Developing Emergent Skills
We are on the verge of developing a whole new emergent skill set that will allow us to create a new unimaginable reality, and we need to be conscious of our personal preferences to be able to do that. We need to know what we value, how we feel about things, what our opinions are. We need to step beyond what we believe is on offer – Vogue or Harpers Bazaar? – and venture onto pastures of unimagined richness. We will all flourish here.
We are at a tipping point in the evolution of life, and one characteristic of tipping points is chaos. And one characteristic of chaos is sensitivity. Amidst the sensitivity we are experiencing right now is a greater capacity to consciously know ourselves. It’s painful, a bit like when your leg goes to sleep and you have to wait through the pins and needles till you can walk on it.
We simply cannot create consciously in our new reality unless we know our own personal preferences. That means our feelings, our intuition, our thoughts. These three areas of experience bring PERSONAL awareness to everything. Your awareness is not just an idea. Energetically your awareness has weight and heft. Our feelings, intuition and thoughts are the tools with which we become aware of possibilities, sort through choices and make the decisions that create our lives both personally and collectively. If you want to create a life and a world that you love, then it makes sense that you have to know what you love … and you have to know it consciously and deeply.
Robots can create, but there is always an underlying pattern, some sort of program. We are moving beyond the program, beyond the scripted, the controlled, the absolute and into a new world of creation. We are doing that by becoming conscious of what we value, what we love, what makes us happy and feel well.